Napoli closing in on Antonio Candreva signing from Lazio

Antonio Candreva looks to be heading for the exit door at Lazio.

Napoli are holding talks with Lazio over the transfer of Antonio Candreva after they moved a step closer to matching the Biancocelesti‘s asking price.

A bid of €23 million has reportedly been put on the table by Napoli for Candreva, 29.

But while Lazio are reported to value the Italy international at €25m, the two Serie A sides are now close enough in their estimations for negotiations to become serious.

“It’s true, negotiations are at an advanced stage,” Lazio president Claudio Lotito told Radio Kiss Kiss. “I’m talking directly with [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis.”

Inter Milan are also reportedly keen on Candreva, whose participation at Euro 2016 was cut short by injury, but Napoli’s latest move has seen them overtake their Serie A rivals.

Inter are reported to have already discussed and agreed personal terms with the player, but with Napoli’s bid a superior one, they are now in a position to offer the midfielder a contract.

Candreva scored 10 goals in 30 Serie A games last season and has gone into double figures in each of the past three campaigns.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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